A stroll in the park is one of life’s simple pleasures. Being at one with nature, having the sun on your back or kicking the red, brown and yellow autumn leaves can be a superb way to relieve stress and wind down after a hectic chore-filled day or after an arduous week at the office. There is a common misconception that the most beautiful parks in the world are tucked away in far-away places, their delights hidden away and only revealed to those willing to step off the beaten track to discover them. The truth of the matter is, there are some picturesque parks in the middle of vibrant cities around the world, right in the middle of metropolis’ and heavily urbanised areas.
Perhaps the most famous city park is the Central Park in New York. Some may say that Central Park is almost a celebrity in its own right due to it appearing in dozens of television programmes and films over the years. The Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States. First established in 1857, the park was placed on the tentative list for the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Visitors to the Central Park can take in breath-taking views of lakes, meander down tree-lined pathways and even stop by the world famous Strawberry Fields, a gorgeous flowering 2.5 acres section dedicated to John Lennon.
Golden Gate Park
Another famous American urban park is the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. Spanning 1,017 acres, the Golden Gate Park is 20 percent larger than the Central Park and is visited by more than 13 million people every year, ranking it fifth in the U.S.A. The park features museums, Segway tours, and aquarium and the Japanese Tea Garden along with the stunningly beautiful San Francisco Botanical Garden, a chain of lakes, the famous “Hippie Hill” and if you have a keen eye you may even spot some wild coyotes as more than 100 are said to live within the confines of the park.
Covering 350 acres and boasting of more than 4,000 trees, a meadow, ornamental flower gardens and even a large lake fit for swimming and boating, visiting the Hyde Park could make you forget that you are in the heart of London, United Kingdom. The park is busy throughout the year as visitors take in the scenery and have some respite from the hustle and bustle of London life. It is in the Hyde Park that you will find several fascinating monuments, sculptures and buildings, including the Joy of Life fountain, the Achilles statue and the Diana Memorial Fountain in memory of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
These are just a trio of the most famous city parks in the world, parks that have a place in the hearts of millions of people around the globe and parks that help us to remember that this planet is a truly wonderful place to call home.